Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 5 comments
YGA gets its open air measurements by lifting the speaker under measurement away from that pesky floor boundary with a forklift.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 5 comments
I don't quite know what I expected, but YGA's "factory" was not what I expected. I put factory in quotes because that sounds all automated and industrial, whereas YG's speakers are essentially built by hand. The speakers are constructed of aircraft grade 6061 T651 aluminum and the baffles are milled out of ballistic-grade aluminum/titanium alloy. On the day I arrived, the factory was being prepped for the delivery of a huge CNC station and a ceiling-mounted crane system to move large sheets of stock from station to station. At the moment, large panels are turned into speaker-sized parts by an outside contractor, but Geva prefers to do everything in-house so that he can assure himself that things are done to his specifications.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 1 comments
The other side of the tweeter assembly.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 4 comments
Every time I passed the parts bin with this bad boy in it, I did a double take. Man, that's big!
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 0 comments
More crossover naughty bits.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7 comments
My phone rang and it was Dick Diamond, sales manager for YG Acoustics. "We'd like you to visit our factory and see what we're all about," Diamond said.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 4 comments
Made by ScanSpeak, designed by Geva and ScanSpeak's engineers. "The motor, voice coil assembly, and membrane incorporate our most advanced technology." It is assembled in-house at YGA's factory.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 5 comments
The Anat Reference Professional incorporates a powered subwoofer. This is the amp module.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 3 comments
It's an acoustic fourth-order Linkwitz-Riley, crossing over at 1.75kHz, if you're keeping score at home.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 3 comments
Geva believes that measurements don't lie—well, he allows that they can fib, but that a competent engineer should be able to interpret them with great accuracy. He uses aluminum and ballistic allow instead of wood or MDF, he said, because they are the "most resonant free, deadest, stiffest, strongest, least diffractive, and most sonically desirable materials ever found."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 30, 2008 0 comments
The woofer for the Anat Ref Pro and Studio II is also an exclusive YGA design. "From the voice coil to the surround and cone, the woofer is the ultimate expression of what can be produced for our enclosures and sub-amp technology."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 17, 2008 0 comments
At Waterstone's website, Neil Gaiman interviews Terry Pratchett. If that isn't enough to whet your interest, the interview is accompanied by excellent Paul Kidby illustrations.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 16, 2008 0 comments
When I visited The Louis Armstrong Archives a few years ago to visit archivist Michael Cogswell, Cogswell escorted me back into the stacks to show me Armstrong's collection of 650 open-reel tapes, almost all of which sported collages assembled by the great trumpeter. More than touching his trumpet, I felt a direct connection to Armstrong viewing (and hearing) his mix tapes—Satchmo was one of us!
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 04, 2008 9 comments
Sasha Frere-Jones has a fascinating article in the June 9 The New Yorker about Antares's Auto-Tune software. In case you aren't familiar with it, Auto-Tune is pitch correction software that is used almost universally in contemporary pop recordings—sometimes just to "fix" an off note, increasingly frequently as an effect in its own right.
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Wes Phillips Posted: May 31, 2008 2 comments
Having visited China and witnessed the building boom firsthand, I must admit that I suspected corners were being cut in construction—so I wasn't surprised by how many buildings came down. Considering all the construction accidents happening in NYC this year, who am I to look askance at China?

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